The Argo star stepped into St Nick's famous red suit and donned a bushy white beard to portray the seasonal gift-giver in 2006 TV movie The Year Without a Santa Claus.

The festive film was shot at the height of summer in order to be ready for in time for the Christmas market, but the stifling heat in Louisiana got the better of John and he ended up taking out his bad mood on the crew and his fellow castmembers.

He tells U.K. TV show This Morning, "I have (played Santa before). In a 104-degree heat in Freeport, Louisiana. We filmed it in the summer so it would be ready for Christmas. I don't remember the name of the movie at all. But it was miserable, and I spread that misery to others!"